Dad whose 10-year-old son fell on Mt. Hood: 'It's traumatic' - KPTV - FOX 12

Dad whose 10-year-old son fell on Mt. Hood: 'It's traumatic'

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A fall from a hillside sends a 10-year-old boy to the hospital with serious injuries.

On Thursday, the father of that boy spoke about the horrific night his son fell nearly 50 yards down a hill.

Cole Hancock, 10, continues to recover at Oregon Health Science University Hospital, after suffering serious injuries from that near Mount Hood.

His dad says he has several skull fractures, and cuts and bruises to his body.

On Tuesday, Cole and his dad, Kim Hancock, decided to go to the White River area of Mount Hood for a one night camping trip.

The two hiked in about three hours, to find a spot to set up camp for the night.

As it started to get dark, the two decided to hike up a hill near the area, and took pictures towards the top.

Kim Hancock says as they started to make their way down, he didn't think the hill was too steep.

However; as they walked down, he noticed Cole lost his balance.

"I just remember him almost running down, and I'm yelling at him to try and stop and to sit down. He tripped head over heels, his poor little body was just tumbling," said Kim Hancock.

Kim says he rushed to Cole's side, picked him up and ran back to their campsite.

He says he tried to do whatever he could to help his son.

"I do know when a body has internal injuries, bleeding can cause bad things, even if it's a small thing, I couldn't take care of that," said Kim Hancock.

Cole had suffered serious internal injuries, but it was going to be hours before rescue crews would reach them.

"His breathing was pretty regular. It concerned me when he started vomiting blood, because I'm not a physician by any means, not even an EMT, but I do know when a body has an internal injury, bleeding can cause bad things," added Kim.

It wasn't until several hours later, that search and rescue crews reached the two and got them out.

Cole was taken by Life Flight to OHSU in serious condition.

In the meantime, Kim is trying to stay positive for his son and his family.

"You know you go through a lot of emotional moments; of anger and blame. They come and go. It's traumatic to go through something like that with your son," said Kim Hancock.

Cole is making a slow recovery, but his dad says he is doing better and his internal bleeding has been stabilized.

He says they've also done some tests on his back, and it appears he doesn't have serious injuries to his spine.

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